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welcome to newsroom international. we're going around the world in 60 minutes. here's what's going on right now. syria is running out of friends. the government of assad two years deep into war with its own people never had many allies to begin with. today russia's support of syria is cracking. for the first time a senior
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russian official has says publicly syria could likely fall to the rebels. the deputy foreign minister in moscow said we need to look at the facts in the eye. we can't exclude a victory by the opposition. the russians have blocked all u.n. security council resolutions aimed at stopping the civil war in syria. they have vetoed sanctions against the assad regime and provided weapons to government troops fighting the rebels. now their most powerful ally says assad might be losing. they're not alone. head of nato today said this. irng the regime in damascus is approaching collapse. i think now it is only a question of time. but those people, they're the politicians, want to see the real side of syria's civil war, the streets where people are caught up in the crossfire dying there. what you're about to say you can only see here on cnn. this is a teenager risking his life to save a stranger. here's arwa damon.
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>> reporter: a fighter slithering across the street, his body hugging the cold pavement. yards away a woman lies motionless. she's been shot by a sniper. her rescuer is not a relative nor a neighbor. he's never met her. he's just 17. he knew he had to save the woman or die trying. when we met him later he tells us we had a feeling that she was still alive. we wanted to save her, to get her to a hospital. as he crawls closer, he can see her hand, her fingers shaking. cover him, cover him someone shouts.
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other fighters lay down cover fire. abdullah quickly ties the hose to her legs but unable to retreat. i said to myself, if i die, it's god's will that i die next to this woman he tells us. finally he makes a run for it. the rebels drag the woman back. >> the woman and her son were walking right down the street. the rebel fighters shouted at
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them to stay away, but too late. aleppo is crisscrossed with similar sniper alleys. some are known, but others do not reveal themselves until the first shot has been fired. despite abdullah's efforts, the woman dies. her son utterly distraught. don't die now, don't die today he pleads. answer me, mom. answer me. she's not dead. she's not dead he says as he collapses. abdullah is left wondering whether her life could have been saved if he'd reached her sooner. until recently he worked at a bakery. now like thousands of young syrians he puts his life on the line. i am not a hero. i am just like anyone else, abdullah tells us. and we're left to wonder, how
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many similar acts of courage go unrecorded every day in syria? how many innocents are lost? arwa damon, cnn, aleppo. this is what's left of targets hit by syrian military artillery. we're talking about rockets or missiles. now u.s. military officials say syria is using more deadly types of munitions, even scud-type missiles against rebel positions. these are unguided short range missiles capable of carrying chemical weapons. nato sources say they have tracked several scud launches the last several days you all from damascus. syrian officials deny launching that type of missile. u.s. defense secretary leon panetta is is in afghanistan today. he met with u.s. and afghan troops and commanders in kandahar to talk about the future of the protection force there. panetta told cnn the mission is
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fundamentally unchanged since it began more than ten years ago. target al qaeda everywhere. >> the mission of defeating and deterring al qaeda, i think, is well on the way towards, you know, achieving the mission with regards to afghanistan and the threat that we face here. we continue to face al qaeda, obviously, elsewhere not only in pakistan but in yemen and somalia and elsewhere. but, you know, we have had remarkable success going after special operations against al qaeda here, and we're continuing to do that. i think the main challenge here is obviously to make sure there's no safe haven for al qaeda in which to conduct aattaattac attacks but the key is afghanistan can govern itself. those two are enter locked in terms of the mission we have in afghanistan. >> hear more from secretary of
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defense on erin burnett "outfront" tonight at 7:00 eastern. u.s. officials say just a few hours after leon panetta visited u.s. troops in kandahar, afghan insurgents set off a car bomb about 300 feet from the airfield panetta was visiting. one coalition member, two aafghan civilians were killed. u.s. officials say there's no indication panetta was in danger. they say it's unclear if the attack was linked to his visit. i want to bring in hala to talk about what we're seeing. a lot of developments. arwa damon's piece was unbelievable, and we were watching it. you said, these things happen every day. >> dozens of times a day you have people shot and injured and killed. this is a daily occurrence in syria. people i'm in touch with inside the country have gotten used to death and the sound of bombs, of shelling, and now we were talking about the scud missiles there that u.s. officials told
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cnn they believe were used by the syrian regime and came very close to the turkish side of the border in northern syria. >> how significance is that? these are much more dangerous and sophisticated weapons. what does this mean for people on the ground? the people in that piece trying to stay aalive he? >> they're lethal and not necessarily unsophisticated. they're unmanned missiles and insed naer type of bombs that cause death and carnage that's worrisome to a country like turkey if the regime is so desperate it uses these type of scud missiles and some of them inevitably, because they're not as precise as those who launch them would like them to be, end up landing in turkey. our viewers have recommended that the turkey requested the patriot missile defense from nato and nare getting it. >> does assad have allies anymore. russian officials say you might lose power here. that seems fairly significant.
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>> this is extremely significant. the russian deputy foreign minister essentially said we must face the facts. this is the first time we heard this from russia. the possibility exists that the government may progressively lose control over an increasing part of the territory, and opposition victory cannot be excluded. we hear this it from the deputy foreign minister, a very high level kremlin official. this is syria's most important friend. they're preparing for the post-assad era in syria. >> russia says you might fall and the united states at this point recognizes the rebels. what does it mean for guys on the ground who eventually are looking to overthrow their own government. >> this is going to be a very tough battle, but i want to say one thing about russia. though russia is now saying the possibility exists that the opposition will win, they're not calling for us to resign. they're calling on a political transition that includes him, and they're not getting any signal they will stop vetoing
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u.n. security council resolutions in syria. russia is very slowly inching toward a position that would force it to acknowledge that assad is essentially not going to survive. >> are they still arming the rebels? >> they're still fulfilling existing military contracts in terms of helicopter maintenance and other things. the nato secretary-general said today i think the regime in damascus is approaching collapse. i think now it is only a question of time. he's now putting into words what many of us have been looking at the syrian situation have been saying for a while now. >> could this be a tipping point, hala? >> nobody has a crystal ball. it's hard to imagine a scenario in which al assad will reason may in power or part of a political transition. you saw the images there. this is not favorable for any kind of discussion. the rebels are closing in on the capital and the seat of his power. is it only a matter of time?
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many observers think so, including now high level officials who are saying it publicly for the first time. >> all right, thank you, hala. appreciate it. it started off as a royal prank and ended in tragedy. a coroner's report reveals new details in the death of the nurse that actually took that prank call. i don't think anybody thinks i murdered my neighbor except you, the press. >> after weeking on ts on the r mcafee is now back in the united states. yeah, crazy. this is only the first session of the newly elected parliament in the ukraine. we'll have more on this political fight. but they haven't experienced extra strength bayer advanced aspirin. in fact, in a recent survey, 95% of people who tried it agreed that it relieved their headache fast. visit fastreliefchallenge.com today for a special trial offer.
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the nurse that took a prank call treating the duchess of cambridge apparently hanged herself with a scarf. she was found dead last friday hanging from a closet door at her hospital living quarters. the nurse left three notes, but the contents have not been revealed. michael holmes has been
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following this. we've learned more today about this. it seems to be getting more and more tragic as we know. >> it's sad. >> what are we learning in terms of the circumstances around this? >> as you say, found hanged from a wardrobe in a staff quarters, found by a co-worker and security guard with her when they went to look for her when she was missing. those notes are interesting. the contents weren't revealed. two notes at the scene, and another note with her belongings. we don't know what was in them yet. there were also injuries to her wrists, but they weren't specified either. we don't know what they are the police are going through e-mails and telephone records and talking to friends and co-workers so see how they got to that state of mind. most experts agree what happened with the call must have been a trigger, but there may have been underlying other issues involved. they're trying to look at that angle. >> her family and people around her having rather quiet, but we've heard a lot from the deejays. they're very remorseful.
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what happens now in terms of the station itself? they've weighed in on this as well. >> the deejays were taken off the air and their show is canceled. they're still employed. a lot of people are show more sympathy for them, because they did feel horrible. mel greig and michael christian were their names. we see them tearful last week, and really this week when we talked. what has happened is the station is now looked at and the australian communications and media authority focus on the owner, the license holder to see where the standards were breached. they have to reflect community standards. there's a formal investigation under way into their license. they could lose their license. >> they could shut down altogether? >> this is a very p big media company, too. this is a big network of national radio commercial broadcasters. this goes back to this sort of whole -- the commercial
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competition particularly in australia. you have 100 radio stations battling it out in sydney for a little slice of the market. you can see what happens. >> you can bet they regret what they did now? >> the inquest is adjourned until march so more investigations are done. what happens in the uk and other places, it's an inquest to get information. that will regroup again in march. >> thank you. appreciate it. another chapter in a bizarre story. it started with authorities in belize wants to talk to him about a murder. now antivirus founder john mcafee is back in the u.s., but might not be the end of the saga. unny. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't treat that. really? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your runny nose. [ breathes deeply ] awesome. [ male announcer ] yes, it is. that's the cold truth!
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tackling huge challenges head on, something ted turner is not afraid to do, whether starting the first around the clock at cnn or pushing pour major action on issues like climate change our nuclear weapons. ted turner is a force to be reckoned with. we sat down to talk about what he thinks president obama should make a top priority.
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president obama, he says in his second term he wants to make climate change and protecting the environment a top priority. what do you think he should do? what should he do first? >> he should do what he said he was going to do. >> what's that? >> go ahead and make climate change and the other environmental issues a top priority. i'd like to see him add -- might as well add nuclear weapons too, while we're at it. if we want to make the world safer and better, we might as well go all the way. >> eliminate nuclear weapons? >> that would stop nuclear proliferation. >> do you think it's fair for what the obama administration is doing to iran now, saying you can't have nuclear weapons but we can. >> we have thousands of nuclear weapons. how can we say to other countries you can't have two, particularly when we said it was okay for israel to have 100. >> do you think it iran has nuclear weapons it will be a dangerous situation? >> it's already a dangerous situation. >> how so? >> because russia and the united
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states have nuclear weapons, israel has them, pakistan has them, india has them. about eight countries have them. they're extremely dangerous. if they all went off at once, it would clearly destroy the word completely. >> you think ahmadinejad should have nuclear weapons sas well? >> nobody should have them. either we all have them or nobody has them. we play by the same rules. equal rights for ewall people. women have equal rights with men. in afghanistan people have equal rights with the united states. >> what do you think -- this is the last question. what do you think of -- when you watch the world and you see what's happening and there's so much turmoil and it looks like there's so much change, even crisis in the middle east. when you see that, what do you make of what's taking place? >> well, once again, i'll take optimistic view of things. i was just -- war is just about over with. war is just about over with, and that is huge.
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first of all, the big, intelligent, well educated countries have quit war. you don't see france going to war with germany or russia with poland. it used to happen all the time, but it's not happening. the best example of all was just a couple of weeks ago when gaza was fighting -- the palestinians were fighting with the israelis, and they lobbed a couple of missiles into tel aviv. i'm sure that both people on both sides could see that the day was coming that they'd be lobbing missiles into jerusalem. and this is what both the christian the jewish religion began there, and it's the holy land. it's some of the greatest tourist attractions in the world. people want to come from all overed world to see it, but not when a war is going on. they realized within a week of war they had made a terrible mistake to go to war.
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even though it's better to grumble at each other, but not to be shooting at each other and causing damage and wrecking the economy and upsetting people all over the world because these pictures, you have the bbc and cnn there having the pictures of the grandmothers and grandfathers and little children lined up on the street in front of house dead. they're bringing them out to bury them. that doesn't look like a fun way to live. it's not. so they quit. they quit fighting in a week. maybe they'll all start again. maybe this will be the last war. >> do you think that you'-- youa successful person with many different ventures. do you think you should pay more as a wealthy american, more taxes? >> yes. >> how much? >> whatever is reasonable. >> when you see the equation and when you see the kinds of conversations they're having, you think it's fair that the
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wealthy pay more taxes? >> yes. >> and you'd be willing to do that? >> yes. i already gave he most of my money away. i gave $31 million to the united states government and didn't even ask for a credit. >> to hear my entire interview with ted turner loog john to cnn.com/suzanne. he said he faked a heart attack and he's broke and has nowhere to go. we get the latest in the bizarre saga of john mcafee who now turned up in miami. e chevy's gi. more efficiency with sonic and cruze... more function in equinox and traverse... more dependability with the legendary silverado... and more style in the all-new malibu. chevy's giving more at the year-end event because 'tis the season. chevy's giving more. this holiday season, get a 2013 cruze ls for around $149 per month or get $500 holiday bonus cash. ...so as you can see, geico's customer satisfaction is at 97%. mmmm tasty.
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american millionaire john mcafee's bizarre journey from belize to kwaut guatemala to mi. they put him on a plane to the united states. when he arrived at his hotel in south beach reporters asked him why authorities in belize want it to ask questions about the
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murder of his neighbor. >> reporter: the authorities in belize think you murdered your neighbor. >> i don't think anybody thinks i murdered my neighbor except you, the press. i had no choice in this. i was he whisked out of the prison and forcibly separated from samantha and here i am. i didn't have anything to do with anything. i don't have a plan. i'm here and hungry. i plan to eat. that's it. >> reporter: one day at a time it sounds like. >> that's right. if you tasted guatemalan jail food, it's not nice. i'd like sushi. >> john zarrella joins us from mia miami. where is he? >> the beacon motel behind me. in fact, he just now -- if the truck gets out the way he's getting in a taxicab. he got in a taxicab and left perhaps going out for more sushi for lunch. he just finished a lenty interview with all of us here, but before that i sat down in the cafe inside there for about an hour. he elaborated on many of the
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details surrounding the events that transpired. one of the things he told me was in guatemala while in jail in detention that he faked his heart attack in order for them to take him to a hospital because it gave his attorney time to file a number of appeals. after his attorney -- which kept him from being sent to belize, he says. by doing that, he said, and his attorney filing all the appeals, the guatemalan authorities after that said this will take year to resolve, threw up their hands and deported him back to the united states. >> wow. >> reporter: suzanne, he says a lot of this goes way back before the events of his neighbor's killing on november 11th, gregory fall. he says it goes back to april when officials with the police raid aed his property accusing m of running a meth lab.
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they found nothing and shot his dog and 42 members of the military and police and let him go and didn't charge him with anything. they did that because he says he refused to pay a $2 million bribe he to local authorities, and that is why he went into hiding and went on the run, because he just feared that they were going to do anything they could to get him and to charge him with this crime. >> john, is there any way that the folks in belize can force him, can they get him out of the united states and face this questions around the murder of his neighbor, or is that done with? >> reporter: well, not just based on the fact that they wanted him for questioning. he was never charged with anything. they have to charge him with something and then there is, of course, extradition treaty with the united states. then those proceedings could begin. right now he told me when we sat and talked that the fbi has not contacted him, has not talked to him. there are also reports that the irs wanted to speak with him.
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he said he hasn't talked to anyone from the irs. in fact, he said i would be stupid to come back to the united states if i had issues with the irs, because if anybody can get you, he said, it's the irs. not, of course, that he had any choice in the matter of coming back to the u.s., being deported here, but that's how he t it>>et to play now or save it for later? you sat down and talked to him for quite a bit, yeah? >> reporter: yeah. he refused to do an on camera interview at the time because he insisted he did not want any of what he said to be edited down so he would only agree at some point to do live with cnn, although he did come out a little bit later and held a long interview with all of the media, which we're going to get turned around and play a little later. he's continued, suzanne, a i think we may have a little bit more sound from last night, where he insists he had absolutely nothing to do with his neighbor's murder and insists this whole thing has
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nothing to do with the murder of the u.s. businessman gregory fall. it's all a vendetta against him because he says that he's been blowing the whistle on corruption in belize and wl tha. i think there is some sound from last night. >> reporter: do you worry that the u.s. and belize have extradition treaties? >> i'm not worried at all. if i'm in front of the court, there's nothing in the world they will do to send me back. i have no evidence. i have tons of evidence about the corruption and harassment beginning with the attack on my property in april. of course, i'm not worried. i'd go in front of a judge, just not one in belize. on my blog i've been speaking out about the government. i'm a northern in their side, and they want to shut me up. unfortunately, now that i'm here they cannot shut me up. >> reporter: you know, suzanne, he did say he had been in hiding since april. this isn't since the murder. he's been underground periodically since then, and, in fact, he told me that he was
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underground in hiding the at the time of gregory fall's murder down in belize. >> yeah, it's so bizarre. >> reporter: that's his story. >> it's so bizarre. a crazy story. it looks like he's a free man there in miami. we'll be following him thank you, john. we're looking closer at the plane crash that killed a beloved mexican-american singer. . oh my goodness! oh my gosh, this looks amazing! [ male announcer ] our new maine stays! 15 entrees under $15, seafood, chicken and more! oo! the tilapia with roasted vegetables! i'm actually looking at the wood grilled chicken with portobello wine sauce. that pork chop was great! no more fast food friday's! we're going to go to red lobster. yep. [ male announcer ] come try our new menu and sea food differently! and introducing 7 lunch choices for just $7.99. salad, sandwiches, and more. [ engine revs ] ♪
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pretty crazy. this is a whole lot of pushing and shoving and shouting going on. not a wrestle match, of course, and not a professional one at least. these are lawmakers in the ukraine. fighting started with opposition members accused two party members of changing their minds, their political views, tried to
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block them from being sworn in. it ain't pretty. several people hurt there. it was just a crazy scene that unfolded. just unbelievable. a bizarre arrest in barcelona, spain ended with a woman having her breast implants removed with 3 pounds of cocaine inside them. the woman was bleeding from her chest. she claimed she got breast implant surgery and noticed a white foreign material. they took her to the hospital, and what they found was two bags containing cocaine. authorities say it was worth more than $100,000 worth of cocaine on the street. investigators looking into the plane crash that killed mexican-american star jenni rivera say it could take up to a year to find out what caused that plane to nosedive from 28,000 feet. we have learned new troubling details about the owner of the plane.
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>> reporter: she says she's convinced the airplane her son was flying was in good shape. it was in excellent condition she says. there was no malfunction. alvarez is the mother of the 20-year-old who was the co-pilot of this learjet that crashed in northern mexico killing singer jenny ri rivera. the piloted was 78 years old, according to his passport found at the crash scene. according to court documents obtained by cnn, the learjet he was flying belonged to starwood management, a company sued twice this year for allegedly making false statements to insurance company. the company is linked to christian edward nunez, a mexican national who pleaded guilty in 2004 to charges of falsifying airplane maintenance records. starwood management has denied that he was involved with the company.
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cnn wasn't able to get comment from starwood management or nunez. the learjet in which rivera was traveling was built in 1969. meanwhile, relatives of the mexican-american singer say they still have hope. >> in our eyes we still have faith that my sister will be okay. we have no confirmation of her body being recovered. dead or alive. >> there are makeshift memorials to honor jenni rivera in california where she was born, neighboring arizona and as far away as chicago. >> we did not lose jenni rivera. a legend was born. that's the way some colleagues and i consider it. >> adoring fans have set up memorials in the mexican city of monterrey where rivera performed her last concert before taking the doomed flight. >> our family is going through a very difficult time. we're strong and continue to stay strong, and we thank god
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for the life he gave my sister for all the triumphs and successes she's had and expect more in the future. >> relatives of jenni rivera have traveled to monterrey, mexico to help authorities in efforts to identify the body of their sister using dna. they say tests are on their way, the results could take day to several weeks. raphael romo, cnn, atlanta. the harlem globetrotters play ball for the troops in afghanistan. we'll talk to one of those players up next. [ female announcer ] what if the next big thing, isn't a thing at all?
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world for more than 80 years. they took their crazy antics and amazing skills to afghanistan this holiday season to perform for the troops. long ball shooter firefly fisher was among the players there. fisher is in his third year as globetrotter and joins us live from new york. what do you got? let me see your skills? >> how's everything? >> good. let me see that move? nice, sweet. i remember from back in the day. you were there for a couple weeks. how was your trip? tell us about it? >> it was great. we actually played ten games on our annual military tour and two games were in afghanistan, one was in bagram, then we played in kuwa kuwait, bahrain and uae. i'm glad i was there. >> you make it look easy. what does this mean for some of the men and women that you met over there? >> it means a lot, because you
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know, the globetrotters are not around our family as much because we're gone for 9 out of 12 months. we can relate to the troops in some way not being around our family for the holiday season. anytime we can go out there and take time out of our busy schedule to put a smile on their face, that's what it's all about. i'm happy to be part of it. >> that universe is a little different there. you have camouflage going on. >> yeah, i have one right here, actually. you know, i'm hope i was able to wear one of these camouflage uniforms that were actually custom for the troops. they definitely loved it. you know, it's a little different from our traditional red, white and blue uniforms, but it added a little flavor to the harlem globetrotters, and the troops loved it. they tried to take mine away, but i told them i needed to stay so the team. >> i understand you ran into somebody you knew who you didn't expect there on the ground in one of the troops. is that right?
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>> yeah, yeah. i actually graduated from kingston high school in 2004, and i went to a school with somebody named dorian garcia, who is actually a troop in afghanistan. it was a great experience to be able to run into him after eight years. i really didn't know what to expect. he really enjoyed it. he contacted me on facebook and asked me if i was going to be there because he saw a poster of harlem globetrotters. i told him i was. now this is going to pave the way for us to xeep in touch with each other a little more than one time in eight years. >> that's pretty cool. tell us finally, this is a group that's been around for more than 80 years. i remember them as a kid. i just loved you guys. how do you become a harlem globetrotter and do that? is it really hard? >> it is hard. it's been around for 87 years, and it's not easy to do. everybody sees the tricks that we do every single day, but they
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don't know the type of commitment and dedication we have to do in order to be a harlem globetrotter. statement we're all great basketball players. we start our tour on december 26th, which is called the write the rules world tour where the fans go on harlemglobetrotters.com and vote what they want to see us do that goes from two bombs at the same time, double the points, the four-point shot this year. a great way to interact with the fans and see the type of things we do a little bit more. >> i like that around the back move. that's pretty slick as well. all right. thanks. it's great seeing you. love the work you do. just visiting the men and women out there means the world to them as well. good to see you. >> thanks for having me. i hope to see you real soon at a game. >> all right. i'll be there. >> take care. >> what happens in italy affects all of europe and the rest of the world. one of the italian leaders is stepping down and the other one
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the cot come back is attracting attention. sylvia bers cone any is going to run again. ben weedman the thought of the return to berlusconi is rattling some folks' nerves. >> reporter: he's back. he says he's run for the premiership for the sixty time in 20 years. a year after he resigned as prime minister he's coming back more emphatically as ever telling an appreciative audience in rome he'll denounce the
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policies of his successor, mario monti, and his management of the current economic crisis. after decades in italian politics, this 76-year-old businessman appears rested and ready for a fight. tan and fit not and a gray hair on his head. he's not without troubles of his own. he's appeals a kwixz for tax evasion and on trial for allegedly having sex with a minor, a now of age moroccan dancer known as ruby, the heartbreaker. belusconi is in and monti will soon be out. he's step down as soon as parliament passes its 2013 budget. stepping down doesn't mean he's stepping out. many here speculate he's simply
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preparing to take off his mental and don that of a politician and run himself for the premiership in elections early next year. monti's policies of tax increases and spending cuts have sparked widespread protests, but many other italians think such tough measures were unavoidable says this professor. >> while there is concern, while there is resentment, while there is worry about future, i think there is a rather widespread agreement that what monti did was absolutely necessary to avoid disaster in the finances of the country. >> reporter: monti's medicine has been bitter says a bank worker, but it had to be swallowed. let's say monti put in place very hard measures with taxes and whatnot, but something is coming out of it, he says, with
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berlusconi the situation was the lowest it could get. his return i honestly see as very bad. berlusconi won the premiership three out of five times he ran. some italians love him and some hate him, but few underestimate him. ben wedeman, cnn, roam. we know you love your dog, but would you put him or her in a four-star hotel? you'll see how they're pampered in brazil. it has to do with the growing economy. questions?
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talk about pampered pets. in brazil more and more pooches are getting the royal treatment. we take a look. >> mirrors on the ceiling and a lot of frisky nibbling on the bed below. for $50 this pair of french
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bulldogs enjoys a bit of foreplay at the first love motel for pets. cherry's owner says she's too young to mate, but they'll be back when she comes to age. i like to give her everything i can, he says. a lot of people think it's too much, but i think she deserves it. the motel is part of the a new pet complex in brazil. you can find everything from chocolate dog business he kits to assisted reproduction experts. our clients don't see animals just as animals says the owner. they talk about their pets like he members of the family. my son or my brother. their numbers are growing. in brazil a decade of prosperity propelled millions into the middle class and fueled a demand for pets of all kinds but especially dogs. breeds have become new symbols
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of economic status. brazil is the fifth largest market for pet accessories worth about $9 billion in 2011 and it's expected to keep growing at double digits. dog leashes embedded with crystals and pet spas and day cares are the latest fashion. more restaurants have dog specials on the menu and today we have a beef flavored dog beer for roxie. don't worry. it's not alcoholic. back here cherry munches on a homemade dog pizza after her love theory. hardly a dog's life. shasta darlington, cnn. >> i'm kinld of envious there. geez. we have to end an hour looking at what's topping the charts. these five guys are taking over the radio stations all across japan.
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we look at this boy band, what they're all about and watch. ♪ >> that was my name singing their smash hit "what's up?" i'm suzanne malveaux. we learned the oregon mall where three people were killed is set to re-open tomorrow. we have new details. an ex-girlfriend says 22-year-old jacob roberts known as jake had been working as a cook for more than two years. she says he was an outgoing, happy guy, skateboarder in high school and he was a sandwich shop employee at the time of the shooting. here's his facebook page.
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it shows the work of a street artist with a spray painted slogan, follow your dreams with a big red canceled sign across it. he writes, quote, i may be young, but i've lived one crazy life so far. he lists shooting as one of his ten interests along with camping, rafting, sushi, and spending money. the ex-girlfriend also says roberts told her his mother died at childbirth and never met his father and left his aunt's home at age 13. we want to talk about what we know about his profile. is there anything that stands out in details you learn? >> if you look at everything totally, especially that facebook post, it really doesn't -- nothing really jumps out the at me as a former investigator looking into the background of this young man. so it's -- the people that were closest to him. did he exhibit any signs to them of maybe a downward spiral? looking at just what we've seen,
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suzanne, they really don't see anything that really pops out. >> if you saw all this, he would look like a normal kid to you. you would not suspect this is somebody capable of going on a shooting rampage. >> unlike the suspect in aurora in the theater shooting had a history of mental illness and sought help. nothing in his background. >> tell us about the weapon he used. it was a stolen weapon, and how it was that he was able to get that. >> he apparently took it from a friend of his. it was an ar-15, semi-automatic rifle. there's a lot of ar-15s on the market and a lot own the ar-15. they use it for target practice and hunting, but mostly target practice and personal protection. it didn't surprise me at all. we heard that apparently it did jam, but apparently he was unable -- he was able to clear that. that says to me that he knew a little bit something about this weapon to make sure that when he
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was able to jump the magazine and clear that weapon and continue on. >> i want to talk about something that struck us that's very important from the county sheriff when he said there were multiple drills that had taken place in this mall, and he had 10,000 people actually able to escape safely. it could have been a lot worse. listen to what he said. >> yeah. >> it appeared that the suspect's rifle did jam while he was attacking individuals in the food court. however, he was able to get the gun working again. clackamas town center had a lockdown procedure for this type of incident, and they did a great job implementing that program. >> tell us a little bit about that program. what would that have looked like if you have law enforcement officials and employees at that mall participating in drills before that happens? >> that's the key thing, the relationship between law enforcement, fire and ems. the sheriff was right. most jurisdictions, they will train and even if it's in the middle of the night when no one's in the mall, they will
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have and go through an actual incident. let's say an active shooter scenario inside that mall to see how they will, you know, respond to this and where they will stage ambulances. i was looking at some of the video early on in this that we've seen. i saw the medic units and ambulances lined up. i saw the fire apparatus staged in a certain area and i saw the different s.w.a.t. teams. you had over 100 officers that responded within a matter of minutes. that says to me that they have trained and drilled and have a great mutual aid program within that whole area surrounding portland. >> you've actually had -- we've seen at least six different shooting rampage incidents over the last two years. is this the kind of thing that's typical where you have law enforcement actually ac this an out because it's necessary? >> absolutely. right after columbine a lot of things changed dealing with active shooters. i was part of the federal law enforcement training center part of a program putting together a active shooter program used
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around the country. right after that we saw law enforcement agencies going out to schools, you know, when school was out of session in the summertime training. when you go by a school nowadays, you look at the doors and different entrances and see numbers on them. that's part of the preplanning that law enforcement, fire and ems has done as a result of columbine and a result of these active shooter scenarios we've seen play out throughout the country. >> mike brooks, thank you. nice to see you. >> getting new information. we have just learned that music star general any rivera's remains have been found. that is according to a spokesperson. as you know, rivera died in a plane crash on sunday. that was near monterrey. she was one of the most celebrated musical artists in the latin world as well as here in mexico and the united states. known as the diva of banda music, and she sold over more than 15 million albums. she's really one of the most extraordinary singers. she had a reality show and a lot
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of people really mourning her loss and missing rell activ rel weren't sure she was dead, but we know that her remains were found. the remains of her publicist and plane's co-pilot have also been identified. is the government watching you? that is the question. the answer, yes. if at the present tiit wants to. that's aaccording to the wall street juournal. there are new rules that allow the national counterterrorism center to examine the government files of u.s. citizens for possible criminal behavior and even if there's no reason to suspect them. it was created back in 2004 specifically to use data to connect the dots in the fight against terrorism. i want to bring in julian who wrote the article for the "wall street journal." really fascinating. a lot of people are aalarmed by
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what we have learned. you spent a lot of time looking at how the rules have changed. before it used to be the national counterterrorism center could not store this information and use this information about ordinary americans unless that person was a terror suspect or in a related investigation. now the rules have changed. how so? >> thanks for having me on. you know, basically this is a reversal of really the spy protocol throughout the intelligence community, which has generally been you should have some reason to suspect someone before you pull their files. sometimes that net can get rather broad. there's a suspect, and you might investigate people that they know, but this is really a new step where the national counterterrorism center is saying we need everybody's files, and then we're going to figure out who the suspects are by looking through them. >> how did that change? when did that change? was that between the bush administration? we know president bush was
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pushing for the ability, stronger ability to look at people in the so-called war on terror, and then the obama administration that seems to have expanded this. >> right. interestingly, the bush administration issued pretty strict guidelines for the national counterterrorism center that didn't allow this. they said you have to have a reason to suspect someone before you pull the data. what happened was on 2009 on christmas day there was this attempted bombing of a flight from up amsterdam to detroit. it was known as the christmas day bomber, the guy that tried to light his underwear on fire. after that incident there was a huge re-examination of the policies, because it turns out that he had been a suspect but he was not flagged and he was allowed on the plane. so the national counterterrorism center, among many other agencies, came in for criticism. he had been flagged as a suspect in their files but they hadn't raised it to the next level so he wasn't allowed to board the plane.
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>> a lot of people are surprised when you look at reporting and you rlsz it allows the agency to hand over databases of ordinary americans to foreign governments to allow them to do their own analysis. how did that happen? >> right. after that christmas day bombing, they asked for this new authority to get lots more data, and one of the things that they asked for and got was the ability to share entire databases with foreign governments. you know, to be honest we don't know exactly under what conditions that would happen. they wouldn't say. i asked them this question. it does seem, you know -- i don't know. i don't want my files sent overseas. i felt a little squeamish about that. >> what happened to the constitution that says searches shouldn't be conducted without probable cause a crime is committed. how does the government justify this? >> right. so, unfortunately, the fourth amendment doesn't apply to the files that the government keeps
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about its zincitizens and thosee files the counterterrorism center is able to get. when you do regular business with the government, you don't think that your records are swept into some sort of terrorism investigation. that's what this new change would allow. the fourth amendment sadly has nothing to say about that. >> julia, thank you very much for your reporting. it is unique reporting, and, of course, it has a lot of people asking questions, the very questions we've been asking about what your right is as a private citizen in this country. thank you. >> thank you. >> sure. this view of a new jersey roller coaster becomes symbolic of the devastation the tri-state area faced after superstorm sandy. six weeks now after the storm the area is still trying to recover. some law enforcements on capitol hill are fighting now for capital aid. we'll hear from the hoboken mayor. ted turner has this to say
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♪ who says you can't go home ♪ there's only place they call me one of their own ♪ ♪ just a hometown boy born a rolling stone ♪ >> two of new jersey's famous sons singing for storm relief, bruce springsteen and jon bon jovi joined dozens of other stars last night benefitting the hurricane victims of sandy. 121212 concert featuring line-up out of hall fame. rolling stones, eric clapton and paul mccartney performing their biggest hits. they raised about $30 million in ticket sales. donations also expected to push that even hire. the money is needed very badly. it caused tens of billions of dollars in damage in new york,
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new jersey, connecticut. some towns are now on capitol hill today. they are painting a vivid picture of this massive damage done in nir communities. joining us live from the rotunda, hoboken mayor dawn zimmer. ufs you were testifying about how small businesses have struggled here. tell us about what's going on in hoboken, what do you need? >> part of my message is hoboken is very much open for business. we have fantastic restaurants and nightlife and shopping and washington street was not flooded. many of our businesses have been impacted by the closure of the path, 60%. some businesses are reporting as much as 60% down in business. my main concern is the 200 or so businesses off of washington street who are struggling to either stay open, operating in an alternate location or potentially over the next
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several months could be forced to close down. that's my focus right now. >> i understand there was $1 hundred million in damage in hoboken. what is the main source of revenue for helping people get back to work and get back to business? >> well, for businesses the only option for them from the federal government is an sba loan, and that sba loan is either at 4% or ironic at better credit at 6%. in this economic climate when businesses have already taken loans, they just can't afford to take on so much more debt. i was advocating today for direct grants for the businesses, which is not currently available, for much lower loan rates. i mean, for an individual you can get a rate of 1.6%. can we do that for businesses as well? also, raising awareness about the basement issue, which is a huge, huge challenge both for businesses and for our residents of hoboken.
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it's basically if you are operating your business in what we call a garden style -- you have a garden style business, it's considered a basement and you get very limited coverage for flood insurance. >> when you spoke with the senators, were they receptive to your ideas? did it sound like they were willing to cough over more money and more support? >> well, i mean, i think chairwoman landrieu highlighted the numbers when you consider the impact. it's between new york and new jersey, it's over 450,000 businesses that were lost and only 18,000 with hurricane katrina that they thought was devastating. i hope congress looks at this as this is the economic engine of the united states really. i he mean, the northeast is very important economically. we need to look as quickly as possible at how to support on our businesses. they were very receptive. some of them were very receptive. one senator didn't really
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believe me on the basement issue and is looking into it, but it will require an act of congress to change the rules which right now are very, very unfair to our local businesses and residents. >> the concert, speak a little bit about the concert. the 121212 concert that happened last night raising tens of millions of dollars in relief there. pretty impressive. what was your feelings about that when you saw that? >> i think it's fantastic. obviously, we're going to need as much money as possible. i do recognize the federal government can't do everything so that's why locally we're starting up rebuildhoboken.org to do fund-raising locally to get support. in hoboken we face the huge insurance gap, and that's a huge problem where people aren't getting barely any coverage for their loss for business and residences. really appreciate the concert that they had. it's fantastic. >> we wish everybody in hoboken
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really recovery and assistance, and we appreciate your time. thank you very much. >> thank you. coming up, i sat down with media mogul ted turner. why he says no to nukes. >> i think nobody should have them. that way either we all have them or nobody has them. we play by the same rules. thing. so now i can be in the scene. advair is clinically proven to help significantly improve lung function. unlike most copd medications, advair contains both an anti-inflammatory and a long-acting bronchodilator working together to help improve your lung function all day. advair won't replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms and should not be used more than twice a day. people with copd taking advair may have a higher chance of pneumonia. advair may increase your risk of osteoporosis and some eye problems. tell your doctor if you have a heart condition or high blood pressure before taking advair.
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cour correspondent from capitol hill is joining us. it doesn't look that way yet, does it? >> we think it's bad they're not talking to each other, but if it ends up like that in certain part it is of the world, not talking is not such a bad thing. >> it hasn't evolved into that yet. where are we with the idea of compromi compromise? is there any solution to not going over the fiscal cliff? >> reporter: we heard a lot of the same today from leaders in both parties. from the speaker coming out and saying the president's got to put more spending cuts on the table and from the democratic leaders say that the republicans just have to give on agreeing to raise tax rates for the wealthy. no. guess what? we heard from dthem that the house speaker is going home this weekend. he's not going to be here. they'll hopefully talk to the phone, but no face-to-face
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meetings. >> dana you talked to a couple of guys that spent careers in congress making deals, and they talk about you how they did it. tell us a little bit about that, the insights here. >> reporter: a really fascinating conversation with a former republican leader, senate let the record trent lott and the former democratic leader tom dashle on opposite sides of the table for almost ten years i covered them for a large part of that. i asked about, you know, kind of what was different back then versus now. specifically since they both have cut deals, i started by asking senator lott in this particular part of the interview whether or not his party just has to understand that they're probably going to have to give on tax rates for the wealthy. listen to what he said. >> there will be a moment when the speaker has to make a decision on that, and the president has to make a decision what he's doing on spending. they need to do it in concert. it's like directing the orchestra. you have to have the winds and
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the brass come together. >> hold hands and jump off the cliff together? >> it would be -- >> there's a lot of metaphors you can use. >> it would be more fun on the way down. at least you have company. >> the time has come for us to put our country ahead of the party, and that's what it takes. putting the country ahead of the party, dealing with the issues and not with concern about the next primary or next election. as the old expression goes, the next generation. this is that opportunity. >> it is. >> reporter: suzanne, i have to tell you this interview made me nostalgic. there were tough times when they ran the senate, but, you know, you kind of always knew that they, along with whoever was president at the time, whether it was clinton or bush, they got a deal done. different from today for sure. >> definitely a different feel. dana, thank you so much. if you want to see more of her report, go to "the situation room" tonight. i understand we'll see a lot more. dana, i appreciate it. if we go off the fiscal cliff, we're all going to pay higher taxes. if republicans and democrats
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agree to go along with the obama administration's plan, just the wealthiest 2% see that tax increase. billionaire ted turner says that's fine with him. you're a successful person. you have many different ventures. do you think you should pay more as a wealthy american? do you think you should pay more taxes? >> yes. >> how much? >> you know, whatever's reasonable. >> whatever's reasonable? we'll find out. plus why he says war is now a thing of the past. my spinterview with ted turner next. all waking up. connecting to the global phenomenon we call the internet of everything. ♪ it's going to be amazing. and exciting. and maybe, most remarkably, not that far away. we're going to wake the world up. and watch, with eyes wide, as it gets to work. cisco. tomorrow starts here.
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tackling huge challenges head on whether starting cnn or pushing for climate change and nuclear weapons. ted turner is a force to be reckoned with. i sat down with him to talk about what he thinks president obama should make a top priority. president obama, he says in his second term he wants to make climate change and protecting the environment a top priority. what do you think he should do? what should he do first? >> he should do what he said he was going to do. >> what's that?
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>> go ahead and make climate change and the other environmental issues a top priority. i'd like to see him add nuclear weapons to it while we're at it. we're going to make the world safer and better, we'll go all the way. >> eliminate nuclear weapons? >> that will stop nuclear proliferation. >> do you think it's fair for what the obama administration is doing now for iran? says iran, you can't have nuclear weapons but we can? >> it won't work. we have thousands of nuclear weapons. how can we look with a straight face to any other country and say you can't have two? particularly when we said it was okay for israel to have 100. >> do you think if iran has nuclear weapons it would be a dangerous situation? >> it's already a dangerous situation? >> how so? >> because russia and the united states have nuclear weapons, israel has them, pakistan has them, india has them. about eight countries have them, and they're extremely dangerous. if if they all went off at once it would clearly destroy the world completely.
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>> you think ahmadinejad should have nuclear weapons as well? >> i think nobody should have them. that way, either we all have them or nobody has them. we play by the same rules. equal rights for equal people. women have equal rights with men in afghanistan. people have equal rights as the people of the united states. >> when you watch the world and see what's happening and there's so much turmoil and it looks like there's so much change, even crisis in the middle east, when you see that, what do you make of what's taking place? >> well, once again, i'll take the optimistic view of things. i was just -- war is just about over with. war is just about over with. that is huge news. first of all, the big, intelligent, well-educated countries have already quit war. you don't see france getting ready to go to war with germany or russia getting ready to go to war with poland. that used to happen all the time, but it's not happening. the best example of all was just a couple of weeks ago when gaza
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was fighting -- the palestinians were fighting with the israelis and lobbed a couple of missiles into tel aviv. i'm sure that both people on both sides could see that the day was coming that they'd be lobbing missiles into jerusalem. this is what both the christian and the jewish religion began there. it's the holy land. and it's some of the greatest tourist attractions in the world. people want to come from all over the world to see it but not when the war is going on. they realized within a week of war that they made a terrible mistake to go to war. even though it's better to grumble at each other, but not to be shooting at each other and causing all this damage and wrecking the economy and upsetting people all over the world because these pictures, you got the bbc and cnn now having the pictures of
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grandmothers and grandfathers and little children lined up on the street in front of the houses dead, bringing them out to bury them. that doesn't look like a fun way to live. it's not. so they quit. they quit fighting in a week. maybe they won't start again. maybe this will be the last war. >> do you think that -- you're a successful person. you have many different ventures. do you think you should pay more as a wealthy american? do you think you should pay more taxes? >> yes. >> how much? >> you know, whatever's reasonable. >> when you see the equation and when you see the kinds of conversations they're having, do you think the wealth y -- it's far for the wealthy to pay more taxes? >> yes. >> you'd be willing to do that? >> yes. >> i gave $31 million to the united states government and didn't ask for a credit. >> to hear my entire interview,
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a u.s. marine has been in a mexican jail since august. he was on his way to costa rica for a surfing trip when he was arrested. why do we hear about this now? it was not four months ago when it actually happened. his parents were concerned for his safety, but now they're speaking out. gary tushman as the story. >> johnny hammer is an american war veteran. he was a marine in afghanistan and iraq. he went through mexico to costa rica for a surfing vacation. john and oliva hammer are his parents. >> he'd been there before and
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served. they took every single decent board they had. >> he was looking forward to a cool trip, driving it there. he knew it was mexico, but he wasn't planning on staying in mexico. >> they only stopped for gas. >> his parnlts were concerned when he said he wanted to bring an an ateak shot guk his great-grandfather owned one like this. his parents said he wanted to hunt with it. they said he got the proper forms from u.s. border agent as to declare it, but once he did declare it, the nightmare began. how far was he from the united states of america when he was arrested? >> he was krosting the border. >> ten feet away from america? >> or less. >> his friend was released but johnny was brought to this jail in matamoras, mexico. his parents were told the jail is largely controlled by mexican drug cartel members. a few nights after he was imprisoned his parents got a call from someone threatening to
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kill their son unless they paid money. >> to then he said i have your son. he said, i'm going to f him up. he said, i already have. for some stupid reason my response was oh, no. i'm going to call the consulate. and he put johnny on the phone, and i just -- i couldn't believe it. i just -- then i realized, i was like, oh, my god. i really thought he wasn't in the prison. i thought someone has taken him out of the prison. i just couldn't conceive of this going on in a government facility. >> olivia, what did johnny tell you. >> he said, mom, you need to do whatever they say. he said, they're really serious. >> they never heard tfrom the caller again, although the u.s. consulate has known about this
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from the beginning they kept the story out of the press scared attention could be bad for their son. increasingly desperate they're speaking out now. >> the longer we go with him in there, the greater chance he won't get out alive. >> the hammar's congresswoman heads up the house committee on foreign affairs. the family informed her of this. >> this is outrageous, and i'm asking for the state department to be more pro active. i've communicated with them. i've communicated with our u.s. ambassador in mexico. this week i meet with the mexican ambassador to the united states, and enough is enough. >> their son had looked forward to a surfing vacation, now he's past the four-month mark in a mexican prison. he talked to his patiernlts on phone friday. >> i said, johnny, we're going to get you out. he said, mom, you've been telling me that since august. >> gary tuchman, cnn, miami. we have just learned that
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the coalition service member killed in a bombing attack in afghanistan today is american. the attack happened in kandahar just hours after defense secretary leon panetta was there visiting with the troops. u.s. officials say there is no indication that panetta was ever in any danger. it's unclear still if the attack was linked to panetta's visit. but i'm also on a lot of medications that dry my mouth out. i just drank tons of water all the time. it was never enough. i wasn't sure i was going to be able to continue singing. i saw my dentist and he suggested biotene. it feels refreshing. my mouth felt more lubricated. i use the biotene rinse twice a day and then i use the spray throughout the day. it actually saved my career in a way. because biotene really did make a difference.
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many years in this business. you know, just having fun, man, so the show is doing "wild liwe picked us up for a second season and that's exciting. i'm nominated for an image award. did you notice the accent, suzanne? >> you have the accent to go with it. >> image awaaward. nomination. >> tell us about some of the things you're doing. i understand this is an important time for you because you talk about your mom and younger sister and especially during the holidays, you were taught to reach out and give back to folks and you have a foundation that actually does that. it's run by your sister and these are the things that are very important to you. >> yes. i mean growing up in a single parent household with a mother who worked very hard to just provide for my sifter and myself, it was one that i saw a lot of my friends that i grew up
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with and relatives and guys that they either ended up dead or in jail and i saw myself having those choices. my mother provided the type of environment and the encouragement by working to get her masters and working and becoming a professional teacher. ied very hard at giving back. we do a lot of scholarships and i work in conjunction with the united negro college fund where we have been given scholarships to send kids to school since 1996 as well as my entourage program where i take wayward youth and at risk youth and take them out of their environment and show them other things so they can experience life and see that there is opportunity beyond that four-block radius they live in. it's something very important to me and a way to help out folks.
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>> a lot of people don't feel that obligation. you talk about the need to be a role model specifically for st. louis and some of the young black men there. why do you think it's so important? >> i think ideally that when you become a person on television, you are a role model to some degree, but i was raised with that spirit that if i can do something for others and have the opportunity to give back the opportunity to aspire and encourage, i want to be able to do that. i think it's a lot of still in our community and a lot of single parent households and a lot of kid who is have dreams and aspirations and get lost along the way. it doesn't mean they are bad kids, but they get off track. i try to just provide that encouragement that is important to dream positive and stay positive and that you can be a
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winner. >> the last time we talked, you performed at the white house correspondence dinner. do you have your ticket yet? are you on the invite list? the inside crowd? >> i have been training tweets and instagram shots with the president. we have not got the invitation yet. i have been invited to peripheral inaugural balls on the out skirts. >> how out skirts? >> it's not even in washington i believe. a lot of the balls i go to are actually in lower pennsylvania. >> give us a sense of what you are doing now. you have madagascar and the haunted house. what's happening with that? >> yeah, we got a real fun movie. haunted house is coming out at the top of the year. it's one of the crazy wayans comedies where they do the paranormal activity, super crazy. i had a fun time playing this
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character. of course madagascar 3 is out on dvd. love being in the animated movies especially for the kids and gaping the audience like my movies. you see the voice and you get the new audience. >> do they freak out when they hear your voice? >> not anymore. my kids don't freak out at anything about me anymore. it's like whatever, dude. you turn the dvd on that. >> all right. i understand you have a spiffy hat there. are you in the line of hats too, right? >> this is one of my hats. who said hats. you can go online and go to w
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whosed.com. i did a special event launching the hats in los angeles. definitely encourage people to get them for the holidays at sacks and several cities around the country and a whole line. >> we have to cutoff the commercial. you look great and you are into everything. good to see you as always. we will be following the projects in the month ahead. see you at the inauguration. >> pass it back. pass it back. >> they grabbed your attention in 2012 and you can vote for the most intriguing people of the year. you can announce the results on monday, december 24th. ♪
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him from prison and put him on a plane. reporters asked him about the reason he is on the run. the reason he refuses to speak to police about the murder of his neighbor. >> what can you say? >> i can say i want to make this clear for the 100th time. i have absolutely nothing to do with this. this is not about a murder. this began on the 30th on april of last year when 42 armed soldiers stormed by property, shot my dog in the head and held me in the sun handcuffed with my hands behind my back for 14 hours and destroyed a half million dollars of my property and let me go with no charges. i was approached by the same person who asked for the bribe and said now are you willing to pay the money. i said no and i went to the international press on may 4th. my first speaking out. >> mcafee told reporters he faked a heart attack to buy time

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